Hankook has announced that it will be expanding its e-cube Blue trailer tire line with special steering and drive-axle threads designed specifically for efficiency and fuel savings.
The announcement was made at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, and the tires are initially only being released in Europe. But, there are plans to bring it to the U.S. Market in the future.
This new addition to their tire product line is a long-haul system solution ad with the new steering and drive axle versions completes Hankook’s lineup of low-rolling resistance tires. The e-cube Blue line enables fleets to gain an additional 8% of tire-related fuel efficiency and with 55% higher durability, these tires look like incredible long term investments for trucking fleets.
The tread design is tailored for each particular axle position to further help reduce fuel consumption and increase the mileage of the tires without affecting dynamic characteristics such as braking and traction performance. Both central rib tread blocks of the e-cube Blue AL20 steering axle tires support each other trough their interlocking design. This increases the rigidity of the tread block and helps reduce rolling resistance. Each tread block is also supported by the stepped main tread groove design. The tires also provide straight stability and improved steering response. The largely closed tread design in the shoulder rib area also ensures particularly uniform tire wear so that your tires all degrade at the same pace and behave equally in whatever position as time goes on.
The design of the tread is characterized by the central 4-block design of the massive central rib. The offset arrangement of the individual tread block also guarantees interlocking action on both sides and results in incredible traction performance whilst also reducing rolling resistance. The horizontally arranged semi-deep extra sipes combined with tie bars in the open shoulder block area further add to the high level of traction that these tires have.
All three e-cube products feature a tread compound with highly structured carbon black molecules for high fuel efficiency. The complete e-cube Blue tire family also features all basic technologies of the Hankook e-cube product group, taking advantage of their Innovative Mixing System (IMS), which results in an even distribution of carbon black and rubber molecules within the mixture.
This IMS combined with longer mixing times at lower temperatures significantly increases the bonding rate between the carbon black and rubber molecules. The patented Hankook Stiffness Control Contour Theory, or SCCT, design technology provides an incredibly even distribution of pressure inside the tire and increases the stability of the tire and reduces movement. This results in high carcass durability and offers truck drivers incredible retreadability and economy.
These tires have been designed to be as economical as possible to offer truck drivers the very best efficiency and durability possible. With enormous fuel savings and high build quality, these tires could be the best choice for your next tires.